The leaf poses as the host’s leaf, however it is smaller. Because it is smaller we can identify it as the parasite leaf. To overcome this and to deceive, the parasite leaf mimics the exact markings, veins and colours of the host leaf. If the host plant has blossomed, the parasite will also imitate its flowers, copying the colours, the shape and the way they hang, but smaller. Over time the parasite becomes more intricate in design than the host. The leaf’s veins multiply, the plants’ grooves grow deeper, and the colours intensify. This gives the impression that the host is posing badly as the parasite. Hidden behind the leaves, the parasite is growing around and up the body of the host towards the light. The parasite grows in size and covers the host: the host decreases in size as the parasite absorbs all its nutrients. The leaves of the host disappear from nutrients deprivation and the parasite no longer needs to mimic them. Instead the parasite uses the absorbed nutrients to become more complex in design and increasingly colourful.
The parasite has made its way into the roots of the original seed of the plant, taking its shape and form and eating away at it until there is nothing left of the host. The parasite now poses in place of the host, and lives on as if it has always been there: its new roots as the roots once were, standing as the host once did.
No longer a parasite, but a plant of its own, it will live on until a new parasite comes and mimics its own leaves. Only the new parasite must mimic the more complicated leaves of the original parasite, and eventually the parasite becomes a new, more elaborate plant than the previous.
This process continued and gradually all the plants in the world were taken over by this species of parasite. The parasite continuously consumed the new parasite plants – becoming increasingly complex in design each time – until the only thing that existed in the world were exceptionally complex plants. Plants with so many veins that ran so deep that they carved rivers. Plants with vines that climbed so well that they became centipedes and snakes. Plants with flowers that grew so intricate that they became complex ecosystems that then became sophisticated civilisations. A plant that developed so many colours that it eventually created new colours that were blinding to the human eye. A plant that surpassed itself so much it was no longer a plant.
It covered the entire earth and everything else died out. The different parts of the plant became so sophisticated that the plant’s snakes, rivers and civilisations were vast in variety, until the process continued and they became homogenous. The ever growing and improving civilisations worked out how to kill off the parasite, and the last version of the parasite lived on forever.
By Calypso Keane